January 2018

Police officer caught with child sex abuse images walks free from court

A Merseyside police officer caught with a stash of 1,500 indecent images of children has walked free from court.

PC Darren Wright , who was sacked in October, admitted downloading, possessing and sharing pictures of child sex abuse.

The 38-year-old, of Chester Road in Southport , who lives with his parents, gathered the collection over a two-year period.

Robert Jones, prosecuting, said officers raided the house Wright shares with his mum and dad on June 9 last year.

Mr Jones said: “The defendant was anxious to retain I think some medical appointments from his mobile phone.

“Police said there was no difficulty in him doing that, provided it was under supervision.

“The defendant appeared to be acting rather furtively with his iPhone. In fact what he was trying to do was delete some chat conversations.

“Those chat conversations were nothing to do with indecent images, but the police did not know that at the time.”

Police seized his phone plus a HP laptop hard drive and USB stick, which Wright said he and he alone used.

The stash included 23 Category A images – the most serious category in sentencing guidelines – involving child rape.

Wright had downloaded a further 26 Category B and 1,368 Category C indecent photographs.

Describing the pictures, Mr Jones told the court: “One of those is notably a very, very young child indeed.”

He said Wright was “candid” with police during interviews and admitted sharing “some Category C images”.

Mr Jones said Wright did not have any previous convictions and “exemplary conduct within the police force”.

The judge sentenced him to six months in prison suspended for two years, plus a 35-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

Wright to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and to abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for seven years.

November 2017

Merseyside police officer admits downloading child abuse images

A Merseyside police officer today admitted possessing a stash of 1,500 indecent images of children.

PC Darren Wright, who was suspended from duty, pleaded guilty to making (downloading), possessing and sharing images of child abuse over a two year period ending in June.

23 images were “Category A”, the most serious category according to sentencing guidelines involving child rape.

Wright, who is suffering from leukaemia, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today but sentencing was adjourned until January 8 for the preparation of pre-sentence reports.

The 38-year-old, of Chester Road in Southport , accepted downloading 1500 indecent photographs of children.

He also accepted possessing the images, and a further charge of possessing 20 ‘prohibited images’ of children.

Wright admitted an additional charge of “distributing a number of images of children”, significantly aggravating the case.

Judge Alan Conrad, QC, adjourned the case but warned Wright that “all sentencing options remain open including immediate custody.”